Castlegar man pleads not guilty on drug charges

Castlegar man pleads not guilty on drug charges

Bradley Morehouse’s next court appearance is in May

A Castlegar man has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a drug bust in the city last October.

Bradley Morehouse made his plea before Judge Phillip Seagram in Castlegar provincial court April 17.

Morehouse is facing five counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and two counts on firearms-related charges.

The 52-year-old elected to be tried by a provincial court judge alone. Crown lawyers estimated the trial would take about five days, but no date was set for the proceedings.

Morehouse was charged after Castlegar RCMP executed a search warrant on two homes in the city on Oct. 25.

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According to RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dan Moskaluk, a substantial amount of illicit drugs was seized, including approximately 800 suspected fentanyl pills, 17 ounces of cocaine, 1 kilogram of cannabis and other pills believed to be synthetic drugs.

Firearms, ammunition and $50,000 in cash were also seized from the residences.

Morehouse is scheduled to appear in court again on May 15.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.